Unique documents of Slutsk Holy Trinity Monastery presented in Minsk
Temporary exposition of eternal values. Visitors of the National Historical Museum have an opportunity to see the originals from the archives of the Slutsk Holy Trinity Monastery. These documents reflect many aspects of Belarusian ancestors’ life.
The Slutsk Holy Trinity Monastery was one of the first in Belarus. The first mention of it dates back to the middle of the 15th century and the oldest surviving document is 500 years old.
Hundreds of Belarusians take part in volunteer cleanup in Kurapaty March 25
A competition on the design of a memorial in Kurapaty was announced in Belarus on March 25, 2017. Hundreds of Belarusians came to the historic place to simply clean the territory up.
As many as 20 hectares of land will be cleared of dead tree stands and bushes through joint efforts of non-indifferent people.
The raised money will go towards installing a memorial sign here.
In the course of the next couple of days a charity fund will be opened, to which funds can also be transferred.
Young people to take part in volunteer cleanup in Kurapaty March 25
Minsk youth will take part in the beautification of the tract Kurapaty. Young people volunteered to put the territory in order.
It is expected that on March 25, the labor flashmob will unite all Belarusians who are indifferent to the fate of this historic site.
As was previously reported, a competition for the best Kurapaty memorial will be announced soon.
It will become the embodiment of the memory of all the victims killed in that tragic period of Belarusian history.
Monument to policeman opened in Minsk
On March 4, 2017 the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police was celebrated. And just before the celebration, on March 2, a monument to a 19th century Russian Empire policeman was opened. This was the very person who maintained order and kept an eye on the comfort of the citizens in streets.
Coins sculpture appears in Minsk
Literally big money: you can't put it into your pocket or purse and even pick up from the ground. Belarusian coins have been immortalized in vulica Savieckaja.
This is how one of Minsk's restaurants decided to attract visitors.
The installation is a close-up of new coins introduced in Belarus in July 2016, for the first time since the Soviet Union era.
Monuments of wooden Minsk
A monument of a small manor building towers stands in Bogushevich Square.
These wooden buildings were a part of the suburb of Grushevka at the beginning of the 20th century. Streets which associated with the Libau-Romny railway were located here. From 1907 to 1918, the wooden houses and sidewalks were built on this area.
Workers, employees of the railway and a car-repair plant lived here. Nevertheless, noblemen and peasants from the suburb of Minsk owned several houses too.
Why does Belarus still adhere to Soviet traditions?
Nowadays there are many communist countries. China, one of the mightiest countries in the world, is one of them. There are many soviet sights in Belarus as well.
Buildings of Stalinist architecture stretch over four kilometers from Nezavisimosti Avenue to Victory Square.
Each of them has their own myths and legends. The State Universal Store moved here 65 years ago.
Minsk sculptor Ales Shaternik: His life, works and inspiration
Sculptor Ales Shaternik is Minsker in the fifth generation who did a lot for his beloved city. Some of his works are situated in the heart of Minsk.
Today, during a walk, first memories of the city keep coming back – it was in 1945. He remembers the war, his mother in tears seeing his father off to the front.
Ales Shaternik, sculptor:The farewell was so dramatic. When my father was leaving, the road was uphill and the further he was, the smaller he was. But God told my mother that my father would be back safe and sound.
Monument of Vincent Dunin-Marcinkievič and Stanisław Moniuszko in Minsk
Jazz evenings, various concerts and street plays near the Minsk City Hall. More and more people come to the Upper City. New bronze citizens appear here as well.On September 3, the monument of Vincent Dunin-Marcinkievič and Stanisław Moniuszko was installed in the Upper City. Vincent Dunin-Marcinkievič and Stanisław Moniuszko created the Belarusian national opera.
The place near the Minsk City Hall was chosen because earlier, on the place of the modern hotel Europe, the city theater was located.
Stanisław Moniuszko and Dunin-Martsinkyevich monument unveiled in Minsk
The historical center of Minsk received a new sculpture on September 3. On Svabody Square, near Minsk Town Hall, a monument was installed to the composer Stanislaw Moniuszko and Belarusian playwright Vincent Dunin-Martsinkyevich.
In the nineteenth century, this tandem gave birth to the first Belarusian opera.
There is a reason why the cultural workers are installed here in a full-length bronze monument. A hundred meters away from this place there was previously Minsk city theater, where the premiere of the opera Sielanka (Idyll) was held.
Dunin-Marcinkiewicz and Moniuszko monument to appear near Minsk City Hall
Another gift for the residents of Minsk. A monument to famous cultural figures - playwright Vincent Dunin-Marcinkiewicz and composer Stanislaw Moniuszko - will be installed near Minsk's Town Hall.
Made in full growth and cast in bronze, the sculpture will take place among city dwellers in the cultural center of Minsk of the XIX century.
The work has already been cast. Pre-installation works are being finalized.
Monument to Afghan war soldiers in Minsk turns 20
Pain of loss embodied in bronze and stone. Exactly 20 years ago, a chapel in memory of Afghan war soldiers who did not return home appeared on the Island of Tears.
On the altar inside the chapel carved the names of the fallen soldiers, who were called soldiers-internationalists in the Soviet Union.
Nina Dus, mother of a dead soldier-internationalist:I'm still waiting for him. Because I did not see him dead.
They brought a zinc coffin. We wanted to open it, but they dissuaded us.
History of Krasnoarmeyskaya Street in Minsk
The name of the street is directly connected to the revolution in Russia in 1917 and the creation of the Red Army. The street got its name in 1919, and today, Minsk residents call it in the same way.
The architectural image of the central part of the city is the result of the radical turn. Historical buildings are used for different purposes, and the street itself changed its name a lot of times. Thus, Kasharskaya, its first name, derives from a Polish word which means barracks. They used to be located in the vicinity of the modern Kirov plant.
Vladimir Korol: biography of People’s Architect of USSR
Vladimir Korol, People’s Architect of the USSR, was an intellectual, innovator, man of thought and founder of Belarusian town building. He loved Belarus and its capital and tried to make Minsk’s architecture worthy.
The architect was born on December 28, 1912 in the town of Igumen, Minsk Region (today’s Cherven). Vladimir was accustomed to art from his earliest years, he adored drawing. After Vladimir Korol graduated from the Vitebsk Art School in 1931, he worked as a teacher and a headmaster of a school in Dzerzhinsk town.
Monument to Patriarch Alexy II in Minsk: history of its creation
The bronze monument to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II was installed at the Cathedral of All Saints in Minsk in 2012 in acknowledgement of his deeds from all the Belarusians. He became Patriarch when the Soviet Union collapsed, but he managed to save the unity of these nations. He did much for the rehabilitation of the Orthodox Church and building of temples and church schools.
Over 4,000 Minsk residents participate in Chernobyl commemorative events
On 26 April, events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy were held in every Minsk’s neighborhood. As many as four thousand Minsk residents took part in them. Officials, Chernobyl liquidators, the military, and pupils participated as well.
Floral tributes were placed to the memorable signs Victims of Chernobyl and Stone of Peace of Hiroshima in the Park of Friendship of Peoples.
How Stalin’s stay in Minsk changed city’s fate
These are shots of German newsreels from August 1941. Adolf Hitler is flying over occupied Minsk. He is looking towards the Government House and campus buildings from the window of his plane.
In four years, the same region faced another protagonist of World War II who stayed in Minsk. It was Joseph Stalin. The head of the Soviet Union rarely left the country, but it was a special case then.
Sculptor Sergey Bondarenko about childhood, horses and inspiration
Sergey Bondarenko is a talented sculptor from Minsk, a pupil of the famous Belarusian sculptor Zair Azgur, and a participant of the city’s project “It’s me who…” His works are recognizable and favorite symbols of Minsk.
Sergey’s talent for art appeared in the youth. The boy made good use of his time in a village. It was useful not only for health, but also for his soul. Sergey spent time with horses in a stable and made his first sculptures of plasticine. He looked curiously at insects in boundless fields and liked TV programs about nature.
Monumental propaganda in Minsk: Kolas, Kupala, Gorky and Lenin
Lenin proposed a plan for monumental propaganda in 1918. Sculptors got government orders for monuments of heroes of that time: public figures, writers, composers, scientists, and actors. It was the beginning of Soviet sculpture school.
The idea stems from the work of the Italian philosopher Tommaso Campanella “The City of The Sun” where he suggested adorning the city walls with fresco, which had to become a history lesson for the youth and served as a means of arousing public spirit.
Minsk Fraternal Cemetery: return of historical significance
The history of the Minsk Fraternal Cemetery in the Storozhevka neighborhood starts with the first official written requests and petitions to the city government, dating from 1914. Subsequently, the Minsk City Council decided to establish a common large fraternal cemetery.
In 1915, the first burials were made in the Perespa district between Starovilensky and Dolginovsky tract. The Perespinskoye cemetery was later renamed the Storozhevskoye.
Nevertheless, the fraternal cemetery was forgotten after the First World War.
Year of Culture in Minsk: new events and monuments to be unveiled
Sculptors Gumilevskiys have begun the creation of monuments to Stanisław Moniuszko and Dunin-Martinkevich. The statues will be made from bronze and will take place near City Hall.
Lev Nikolaevich is sharpening the form of a working model confidently and deftly. He admits: for the sake of art, even at 85 is he ready to climb on scaffolds or work with a hammer. The family duo of sculptors can’t stop the working process. Right now, the talented artists are sculpting the history – the images of the legendary founders of the professional Belarusian Opera.
Iosif Langbard: man who shaped Minsk of today
The architect Iosif Langbard was born to a Jewish family in the town of Belsk in the former Grodno province (present-day Bielsk Podlaski, Poland) on January 18, 1882. His father wanted him to engage in trading business. However, Iosif liked painting and decided to be an architect.
He studied architecture at the Grekov Odessa Art school and at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Petrograd. In 1914, Langbard defended his graduation thesis under the title "State Council Building" supervised by the famous architect Alexander Pomerantsev.
New cute bronze sculptures you shouldn't miss in Minsk
Recently, new bronze compositions have enriched the beauty of Minsk.
All the students of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank know the sculpture My First Teacher. This person helps to take first steps into the world of science. Artist Alexander Shomov and architect Dmitry Bubnovsky are the authors of the sculptural composition.
My First Teacher
Mounds in Minsk: What do they hide?
For tourists such small elevations are unremarkable and even many locals pass by them every day not realizing that they are walking across a pagan cemetery.
The mound of Kievan Rus is located in the district Yugo-Zapad in Newspaper Zvezda Avenue, opposite house number 32, building 1.
New sculpture Invention of the Mother of God Icon appears in historical center of Minsk
The symbol of the city in Christian art! The historical center of Minsk is now adorned by one more sculpture "Invention of the Mother of God."
A transparent obelisk imitates river water. Upon it is a boat resembling a white dove. Inside this dove is an icon. The monument in Zybitskaya Street symbolizes the Invention of the Minsk Icon of Our Lady.
According to a legend, in 1500, an icon of the Mother of God was found in the Svisloch River. Her face later formed the basis of the coat of arms of Minsk.
Memorial stone to WWII victims unveiled on the site of the former Jewish cemetery in Minsk
A memorial stone commemorating victims of the Second World War was opened June 24 at the site of the former Jewish cemetery in Sukhaya Street.
It commemorates hundreds of Jews, who in June 1942 were deported from Königsberg and East Prussia and ended up in the Minsk ghetto. The concentration camp "Trostenets" became their last refuge.
Taking part in the opening ceremony were relatives of the victims, former prisoners of ghettos and concentration camps, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps in Germany and Israel.
Japanese tour of Minsk: Bell of Nagasaki, Sendai Park and Kabuki theater
A wonderful fountain with storks near the Red Church can be an excellent place to start the eastern tour of Minsk.
Here you can see a bell associated with the tragic and unusual history - the city of Nagasaki. On the morning of August 9, 1945, the peaceful city of Nagasaki was bombed with nuclear weapons. Back then, a service was being held in the Urakami church and all believers were killed in an instant.
Trostenets: Europe's fourth largest death camp
The term Trostenets refers to a number of mass extermination sites. In the autumn of 1941, a merciless death machine was launched in the forest of Blagovshchina, on the outskirts of Minsk (the 11th km of the Mogilev highway). There are still traces of pits, where corpses were thrown into. Later on, local people said that waters of the Trostyanka river turned brown from blood.
Cow sculpture to appear near Komarovsky market in Minsk
Sculptor Nikolai Bayrachniy is the winner of the competition for the best sketch of the cow sculpture, which is going to appear in Minsk. He created a collective image of the animal familiar to every Belarusian and the competent jury were moved.
As planned by Minsk authorities, the monument will add beauty to the square in front of the Komarovsky market. The square features a lot of famous sculptures by Vladimir Zhbanov.
Memorial Trostenets to be solemnly opened on 70th anniversary of Great Victory
The memorial Trostenets will be solemnly opened on the day of the Great Victory on May 9. About 300 thousand events will be held in Belarus on this memorable date. They are charitable and youth campaigns, memorial ceremonies and opening of historical sites.
An eventful cultural program is expected.
The Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre will present the premiere of "World War II", while Theatre-Studio of Cinema is preparing the concert "War is war".
Minsk sculptures: Janitor, bathhouse attendant, mammoths and Möbius strip
Bronze residents of the city that stand on the main streets of the capital are always in sight: the girl with the umbrella, the architect, and an old woman selling seeds.
Let us find out whether Minsk residents know about rarer sculptures. For example, a street sweeper and a bathhouse attendant.
Minsk residents:It is a monument to cleanness.
Some beautiful girl and a street sweeper.
Apparently, a cleaner of some sort.
Mound of Glory near Minsk to be renovated prior to Victory Day
New life will be breathed into memorials and monuments throughout Belarus. A large-scale restoration project is dedicated to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi invaders.
By May 1, city authorities plan to update one of the main attractions on the former Soviet Union - Mound of Glory.
Renovation efforts at the memorial complex are already underway. Specialists will replace the missing elements of the mosaic, stairs as well as install modern LED equipment.
Minsk military cemetery: A miracle prevented a WWII bomb from exploding here
A military cemetery, which appeared in Minsk at the beginning of the 19th century, became a historical landmark. The cemetery reflects the history of Belarus.
Pavel Korolyov, guide: Those who died in the military hospital in Minsk were buried here.
The Church of Alexander Nevsky was built at the military cemetery as the monument to the dead of the Russo-Turkish War. In addition, it became a place where miracles happened.
Viktor Tsoi Wall in Minsk
The Tsoi Wall appeared in Minsk in 1990 after the death of Viktor Tsoi, the leader of the post-punk band Kino. On the slabs of concrete, Tsoi’s fans left graffiti and inscribed poems.
There are also memory walls of Tsoi in other cities of the former USSR. Such walls became meeting places for the fans of the legendary band Kino.
Minsk authorities announce competition for the best cow sculpture
A monument to a cow will be put up in Minsk. The Minsk City Executive Committee has announced an open competition, in which professional architects and sculptors can participate.
An unusual monument will be put up in Very Khoruzhei Street, near the Komarovsky market in Minsk.
Applications are accepted until March 17, 2015, to the department for ideological work, culture and youth affairs of the Minsk City Executive Committee.
Animal sculptures in Minsk
Magnificent animal sculptures appeared in Minsk streets relatively not so long ago and became magnets for passers-by.
Compared to languorous Venuses, graceful Apollos or buxom female rowers, modern urban architecture embodied in bronze animal sculptures is more elegant and simple.
Of course, sculptors used animalistic motives in their works before. For instance, Gorky Park was full of animal statues, such as the swan splashing in the fountain. At the beginning of 1970s, it was surrounded by green frogs.
Monument to Henry Dunant in Minsk – one of two in the world
The bronze bust located at the intersection of Karla Marksa Street and Lenina Street is in honor of Henry Dunant.
It was created by a well-known Belarusian sculptor Oleg Kupriyanov in May 2010 to become the second monument to Dunant in the world with the first one in Geneva.
Henry Dunant is the founder of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, social activist and humanist.
Minsk monuments devoted to children
The subject of children takes a special place in Minsk city sculpture. The CTV crew asked some passers-by whether they know any monuments dedicated to children.
Minskers:Devoted to children? Urinating boy.
In Minsk? I don't know. I know those outside Minsk.
I know, but I can’t remember.
In Yakuba Kolasa Square. There is a monument.
No, I haven't heard.
There's a girl with an owl.
Designer, Hero of Belarus Mikhail Vysotsky memorial plaque unveiled in Minsk
A memorial plaque was mounted in honor of the outstanding designer Mikhail Vysotsky in Minsk. The leading scientist a person of world reputation in the field of mechanics passed away a year ago. Mikhail Vysotsky created a domestic school of designing of trucks. He worked 50 years at Minsk Automobile Plant, 35 of which he was the chief designer. Under his leadership, dozens of automobile models were developed, which have become symbols of the Belarusian industry.
Myths connected with Minsk statues
Minsk has its legends. Some of them have existed for a long time, others have been created only recently.
The bronze carriage near the Minsk City Hall sends newly wedded couples to a happy life and, as many other Minsk monuments, brings luck.
The bronze Minsk inhabitants are full of legends. For example, a sculpture of a horse (created by Vladimir Zhbanov), which is located near the Komarovsky market, is believed to fulfill wishes. You just need to mount the horse and touch a sparrow on his mane.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau monument in Minsk
Minsk received such a gift from one of the students of the Minsk Art Academy in honor of World Oceans Day.
The half-meter bust was located in the Minsk Center of Oceanography.
By the way, together with the bust, bloodthirsty marine inhabitants - red-bellied piranhas - were brought here.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky monument in Minsk
Gorky Park, the Svislach, sunny alleys, attractions, the planetarium and the observatory – the Belarus capital takes care of its curious children.
The monument to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky is located at the highest place of the park.
Let’s find out who this person was?
Minsk residents: The monument is located near the planetarium, maybe this person was somehow connected with cosmonautics.
Tsiolkovsky is the explorer of stars and the theorist of astronomy, famous physicist and scientist.
Ded Talash monument in Yakuba Kolosa Square
The name of Vasily Talash is familiar to every Belarusian. He was a scout of the Red Army, a leader of a partisan party, who acted heroically during the Second World War and the Polish-Soviet war.
Talash took part in military actions at the age of 100. Grigory, the main character of writer Yakub Kolas’ “Tryasina” [the Bog], became the prototype of Vasiliy Talash.
Mr Talash was acquainted with Yakub Kolas, who admired his deeds.
Minsk monuments connected with wars
Minsk abounds in war memorials. The Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan took an infinite number of people. The Island of Courage and Sorrow is a sacred place for veterans. They gather here every year and pay tribute to the memory of the fallen. The monument of Angel completes the architectural essence of the island.
Do you think the Belarus capital isn’t rich in urban legends? The CTV decided to walk across Minsk and collect the most unusual stories.
Today it is impossible to imagine Minsk without these bronze sculptures. They embody the real architectural spirit of the city. Many of them become local legends immediately after having appeared on streets.
For example, if a lonely guy sits for a while on a bench with the Townswoman in Mikhaylovsky Square and strokes the lady’s knee, he will shortly meet his soulmate.
Monument to Holocaust victims in Minsk
More than 5,000 Jews were killed in this place of present-day Minsk. The eloquent memorial to the victims of the Holocaust makes everyone stop and think.
Its authors (architect Leonid Levin and sculptor Maksim Petrul) approached the project philosophically.
Sadness and sorrow are reflected in furniture. A table as a family gathering place with huge cracks and a broken chair. The monument embodies disturbed people's comfort.
Remembrance memorial in Dzerzhinsky Avenue
The Remembrance memorial was unveiled in Minsk’s Dziaržynskaha Avenue [Dzerzhinsky Avenue] on November 7, 2013.
Getting there: The nearest subway station is Piatroushchyna
The memorial complex is next to 84 Dziaržynskaha Avenue, please ask passers-by for exact location. It is called Memorial Pamyat in Russian.
Monument to Minsk mineral water source in Gorky Park
An unusual monument is located in Minsk's Gorky Park. It is dedicated to the first source, from which the history of the popular mineral water brand "Minskaya-4" began.
85 years ago, in 1929, famous geologist Gerasim Bogomolov discovered a groundwater source at a depth of 400 meters, right at this place.
Now Minsk Soft Drink Factory extracts mineral water from four wells. Emphasis is made on the natural and organic origin of the product.
When did Joseph Stalin monuments disappear from Minsk?
Former leaders descend from pedestals. 62 years ago, a huge monument to Joseph Stalin was erected in Minsk. Now we can see it only in the photos.
Do Minsk citizens know where the Father of All Nations stood in Minsk?
Minsk residents:I know. Here, in the corner, in October Square.
Sorry, I can't help you.
I cannot even remember.
Here, in the square, in the middle.
If this was Stalin Square, probably it stood here.
Monument to St. Sergius of Radonezh in Minsk
On June 23, 2014, a monument to St. Sergius of Radonezh was opened and a capsule laid in the foundation of the future temple.
In 2014, the entire Orthodox world celebrates the 700th anniversary of the birth of the monk. Sergius of Radonezh is one of the most venerated saints. He is considered the patron of Slavic lands.
Memorial to Austrian Jews unveiled in Minsk
A memorial was unveiled at the former Jewish cemetery in Minsk in commemoration of Austrian Jews who during the Great Patriotic War were deported and killed in the Minsk ghetto.
There are already 4 war memorials in honor of the victims of anti-Semitism.
Representatives of the Austrian authorities attended the opening ceremony.